SAS Australia 2021: Meet the celebrities competing on the show

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As if 2021 hasn't been hard enough but for 18 celebs, they decided to make it even harder. This group of athletes, singers, actors and socialites are toughing it out in an extraordinary series of psychological and physical tests to see if they have what it takes to pass the elite SAS Australia selection criteria.

After launching the new show last year, ex-special forces soldiers Ant Middleton, Mark “Billy” Billingham, Jason “Foxy” Fox and Ollie Ollerton are back to put these star recruits through their paces to see who has the mental metal to see get through to the end. 

SAS Australia ex-special forces squad. Photo: instagram/@sasaustralia
SAS Australia ex-special forces squad. Photo: instagram/@sasaustralia

"Living in our world will be the rawest and most brutal life lesson these celebrities will ever experience," says Chief Instructor Middleton. "We aren’t holding anything back, it’s as authentic as it gets," he adds.

With extreme physical exertion, sleep deprivation, interrogations, and psychological challenges, these celebrities will have to put their A-list lifestyles aside and push themselves to the limit to see if they sink or swim in this toughest of challenges. 

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So just who do you think of the Aussie personalities below has the mental and physical ability to make it to the end?

Here we tell you who they are and where can you follow them on the socials...

Tennis Champion, Alicia Molik – insta @alicia_molik

Alicia Molik
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Alicia Molik. Photo: Instagram/@alicia_molik

Former pro tennis player Alicia, 40, won bronze for Australia in the 2004 Athens Olympics and reached a career-high of eighth in the single women's world rankings.

Singer/Actor, Bonnie Anderson – insta @bonnieandersonmusic

Bonnie Anderson
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Bonnie Anderson. Photo: instagram/@bonnieandersonmusic

Bonnie, 26, won the inaugural Australia's Got Talent in 2007 as a 12-year-old. She joined the cast of Neighbours as Bea Nilsson in 2008 before winning the second season of The Masked Singer Australia last year. 

Socialite, Brynne Edelsten – inst @brynne_edelsten

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Brynne Edelsten. Photo: instagram/@brynne_edelsten
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Brynne Edelsten. Photo: instagram/@brynne_edelsten

Brynne shot to fame after marrying medical businessman and millionaire Geoffery Edelsten in 2009. Since then, the 38-year-old has become a reality TV regular. 

Actor, Dan Ewing – insta @_danewing

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Dan Ewing. Photo: instagram/@_danewing
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Dan Ewing. Photo: instagram/@_danewing

Actor Dan, 36, is best known for playing Heath Braxton on Aussie soap Home and Away. Since leaving the soap he has moved into movies such as sci-fi action film Occupation.

Former Politician, Emma Husar – insta @msemmahusar

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Emma Husar. Photo: instagram/@msemmahusar
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Emma Husar. Photo: instagram/@msemmahusar

Emma, 41, is a former labour politician who has now left politics and is exploring new career paths.

TV Presenter, Erin Holland – insta @erinvholland

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Erin Holland. Photo: instagram.com/@erinvholland
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Erin Holland. Photo: instagram.com/@erinvholland

As a former Miss World Australia, Erin, 26, has used her fame and considerable artistic talents to branch into modelling and presenting. She is a classically trained soprano as well as trained in clarinet, musical theatre and jazz singing.

AFL Star, Heath Shaw – inst @heathshaw39

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Heath Shaw. Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Heath Shaw. Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

Recently retired AFL player Heath, 35, played for Collingwood and Greater Western Sydney during his career. He is the son of former Collingwood captain Ray Shaw.

Actor, Isabelle Cornish – insta @isabellecornish

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Isabelle Cornish. Photo: instagram/@isabellecornish
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Isabelle Cornish. Photo: instagram/@isabellecornish

Home and Away and Puberty Blues actress Isabelle, 27, is the younger sister of actor Abbie Cornish.

Dual Olympian, Jana Pittman – inst @janapittmanofficial

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Jana Pittman. Photo: instagram/@janapittmanofficial
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Jana Pittman. Photo: instagram/@janapittmanofficial

Jana, 38, competed in both the 2000 and 2004 summer (track) Olympics and 2014 winter (bobsled) Olympic games. Since retiring from sport she studied medicine and is now working as a doctor.

Sprinter, Jessica Peris – insta @jessicasperis

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Jessica Peris. Photo: instagram/@jessicasperis
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Jessica Peris. Photo: instagram/@jessicasperis

Jessica, 38 is the daughter of Olympic gold medalist Nova Peris and an athlete in her own right, choosing sprinting like her mum. 

Ironman, Jett Kenny – insta @jettkenny

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Jett Kenny. Photo: instagram/@jettkenny
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Jett Kenny. Photo: instagram/@jettkenny

As the son of ironman Grant Kenny and swimmer Lisa Curry, sport is in Jett's blood. The 27-year-old ironman and model also has experience when it comes to reality TV having appeared on The Real Full Monty, Australian Ninja Warrior and Dancing With The Stars.

Olympic Runner, John Steffensen – insta @johnsteffensen

SAS Australia 2021 contestant John Steffensen. Photo: instagram/@johnsteffensen
SAS Australia 2021 contestant John Steffensen. Photo: instagram/@johnsteffensen

John, 38, has won medals at world championships, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. Since leaving track events behind, John has sought a different type of speed, behind the wheel of a Porsche on the racetrack!

Beach Volleyball Olympian, Kerri Pottharst – insta @kerripottharst

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Kerri Pottharst. Photo: instagram/@kerripottharst
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Kerri Pottharst. Photo: instagram/@kerripottharst

Kerri, 56, won an Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Her first crack at reality TV was Celebrity Circus in 2005 - let's see how she does this time around!

Bra Boy, Koby Abberton – insta @kobyabberton

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Koby Abberton. Photo: instagram/@kobyabberton
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Koby Abberton. Photo: instagram/@kobyabberton

While Koby, 42, is a former professional surfer, he rose to infamy as part of Maroubra surf gang the Bra Boys. He's turned that association into a clothing line and a documentary about their crew narrated by Russell Crowe.

Celebrity Chef, Manu Feildel – insta @manufeildelofficial

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Manu Feildel. Photo: instagram/@manufeildelofficial
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Manu Feildel. Photo: instagram/@manufeildelofficial

French chef Manu, 47, has used his love of food to train Aussie's to be better cooks and appreciate good cuisine through MasterChef Australia and My Kitchen Rules.

Tennis Legend, Mark Philippoussis – insta @mphilippoussis

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Mark Philippoussis. Photo: instagram/@mphilippoussis
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Mark Philippoussis. Photo: instagram/@mphilippoussis

Mark, 44, reached the finals of both the US Open and Wimbledon at the height of his career, reaching the position of world number eight. Let's see if he lives up to his nickname 'the Scud' during his SAS training!

Singer-Songwriter, Pete Murray – insta @petemurraymusic

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Pete Murray. Photo: instagram/@petemurraymusic
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Pete Murray. Photo: instagram/@petemurraymusic

ARIA nominated singer-songwriter Pete, 51, may be one of the older contestants but he does have some sporting talent showing skill in rugby union, athletics and swimming at school.

NRL Star, Sam Burgess – insta @samburgess8

SAS Australia 2021 contestant Sam Burgess. Photo: instagram/@samburgess8
SAS Australia 2021 contestant Sam Burgess. Photo: instagram/@samburgess8

League player Sam, 32, has had successful rugby careers both in Australia and England. Since retiring from the sport due to a shoulder injury, he has begun coaching, working as an assistant coach for his former team the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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